The Cost of Pursuing a Dream


What is the cost of pursuing a dream?

For me, the cost of pursuing a dream is letting go of the short term desires. You cannot always do the things you want rather than what you actually need. This choice makes you get closer to your goal by creating an opportunity each time you let go of that want. In the book "The Great Gatsby", Gatsby's goal is to have Daisy, who is already in a relashionship with Tom, fall in love with him. Despite him wanting everyone to be happy including Tom, he has to put that aside to have Daisy fall in love with him. Because not everyone could end up happy. "Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay." (Fitzgerald, ch 2). Also in this book, Tom's goal was to make it big in the bonds buisness. To do this he had to move to New York. He did not want to move to New York but he needed to so that he could pursue this dream.

Cost of desires in the real world.

Determining Needs vs. Wants : Needs are very basic, and should be easy to recognize. Strip your existence down, and you will see that what you need is not very complicated. Make them easy to recognize so you will be able to make in the moment decisions about your needs.

Realizing Your Own Realistic Needs : Now think about what you really want out of life. Consider how you want to be remembered after you are gone. Now compare those things with your needs and wants. Can you strike a compromise between how you want to live and those things you desire? This is a crucial step towards finding balance in your life.

Balancing Your Needs With Your Wants : This is an important concept to keep in mind as you continue your journey to self-improvement. Wants, or desires, are things we would like to have but they do not sustain us. When you are prioritizing your life, first give your attention to those things that ensure your existence, your happiness, and your well-being.

Reality of Desires

People sacrifice their wants for necessities on a daily basis. Weather there at work sacrificing a phone call with a friend for a paper, or even at soccer practice sacrificing there hard work to get better. So yes, desires are very realistic in the modern world today. Say someone is trying to to reach the goal of happiness. "Who wants to be happy? Well, who doesn't? After a session this morning, it struck me that when we focus on chasing our wants, our level of happiness actually drops. The more we focus on what we don't have, the more deprived we feel." This shows that only focusing on what you want will reduce your happiness. So you will need to focus on the needs to keep your happiness up. "The key to happiness is this: The fulfillment of our needs, not our wants, is what makes us happy. Thus we would do better to focus on how much is enough to fulfill our various needs, and strive for balance in our lives." Not only in happiness but in goals this shows how you need to balance your wants and needs. Finding your right balance will lead to you achieving your goal, therefore making your happy.
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Is Desires worth a dream?

In my eyes i do believe that sacrificing your desire is worth the dream in the end. Yes it will make the dream harder to reach but it will ensure your dream only to a greater level. I also believe that any cost to pursuing a dream is worth it, not only desires. Reaching a dream is a life long goal that takes dedication and hard work. Sacrifices will have to be made to reach the dreams full potential no matter what.
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Works Cited

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